How to Choose a Face Primer

Face primers are fantastic, and even though I don’t wear one every time I do my makeup , if I need my makeup to look last and look flawless all day I’ll use one. Don’t be fooled into thinking they are just another product to buy so brands can get more money, they are much more than that.

In short, primers are amazing products that you apply after you’ve cleansed and moisturised your skin, but before you apply any coverage products like foundation or concealer. Majority of primers are designed to help make your makeup last a lot longer and smooth over the surface of the skin so your makeup applies evenly.

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Chemical vs Physical Sunscreen

Ever look at the packaging of a product that contains SPF?  Whether it’s makeup, moisturizer or sunscreen, the ingredients that are actually doing the protecting are labelled as the “Active Ingredients”.  

Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are the two usual ingredients that compromise a physical sunscreen.  Physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and provide almost instant protection of the suns rays.  Because these ingredients don’t absorb into your skin, these are sometimes better for people who have sensitive skin.  Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxides are minerals, so if ever you see a mineral sunscreen it is safe to assume that it is a physical sunscreen.

All other Active Ingredients for sunscreen are considered a chemical sunscreen.  Chemical sunscreen absorbs into the top layer of the skin, and usually takes 20-30 minutes to become fully effective.  The benefits of chemical sunscreens are that they’re usually clear, or not as thick and white as physical sunscreens are, and they have little to no scent.  This makes them perfect for people with darker complexions, or those of us who dislike the smell and feel of sunblock on our skin.

Most sunscreens and products containing SPF contain a blend of physical and chemical sunscreen, so that they can be as effective as possible.  Check the ingredients list on your products, and make smart decisions about what types of sunscreen are best for you!

Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2 hours to maintain effectiveness.  If you’re wearing makeup, this could seem like a hassle - that’s why so many companies now have SPF available in products like finishing powder and mists.  These can easily go over top of your makeup without disturbing anything underneath or taking too much time!

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Use Eyeliner as a Quick Fix Eyeshadow

Don’t have time for a whole eye makeup look or have issues with your eyeshadow fading? Try using an eyeliner instead!

Step 1. Messily apply an eyeliner pencil directly to your eyelids, there is no need to be precise.

Step 2. Using a cotton tip (or your finger) quickly blend the eyeliner over your eyelid.

Step 3. Apply a coat of mascara.

Step 4. Done!

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